Who here loves to clean? No one? Yeah, me neither. But unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil. Oven cleaning is tedious and time-consuming, but luckily, there are a few tricks you can use to make the process a little bit easier. If you’re tired of looking at your dirty oven or if your oven smells bad every time you cook, you’ve come to the right place to learn how to clean your oven like a pro.
How to Clean an Oven
A clean oven not only looks nicer, but it also cooks better. Before you start cleaning, it’s important to refer to your Owner’s Manual for instructions on how to clean your oven. You want to choose chemicals approved by your oven manufacturer.
Supplies You’ll Need:
- Oven Cleaner
- Rubber Gloves
- Sponge or Soft Cloth
- Scrub Brush
How to Clean Your Oven With Oven Cleaner
Once you have all of your supplies, it’s time to start cleaning. You’ll first want to remove the racks from the oven and set them aside. Next, you’ll want to spray the inside of the oven with an oven cleaner. Be sure to get all of the nooks and crannies. Then, let the cleaner sit for about 15 minutes.
While waiting for the cleaner to sit, place your oven racks in the sink and use hot water and dish soap to scrub away residue. You can use a scouring pad or heavy-duty sponge if needed. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
After 15 minutes, it’s time to start scrubbing the inside of your oven. Use your sponge or brush to wash away the grime and gunk. Use a clean cloth and water to wipe it down. Replace your oven racks and pat yourself on the back; you deserve it!
How to Clean Your Oven Without Harsh Chemicals
If you don’t want an oven cleaner or other harsh chemicals, make your own cleaning solution using baking soda, water, and vinegar.
- Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with a bit of water to make a paste.
- Spread the paste inside your oven with a clean paintbrush.
- Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray inside your oven. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and foam, loosening up grime and grease.
- For stubborn spots, spray them especially well with the vinegar & water mixture and let them sit for at least 12 hours.
- Use a soft cloth or a sponge and clean water to wipe down your oven.
How to Clean Oven Door Glass
To clean the oven door glass, start by wiping away any loose bits with a damp cloth. Next, create a spreadable paste with water and baking soda.
Spread the paste on the inside glass of the oven door and let it sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, use a damp cloth to wipe it down.
Tips for Using the Self-Clean Function
If you have a self-cleaning oven, you might be tempted to use this feature to clean your oven. Yes, it can make it a lot easier to wipe off stuck-on grime, but the high temperature can damage the oven components, leading to oven failure. When you decide to use the self-clean function, remember that it can produce a lot of smoke and odors—open windows and doors to increase ventilation, especially if you have asthma or allergies. We recommend against using the self-cleaning function before a big cooking event, such as the holidays. It’s very common for ovens to stop operating correctly after the self-clean process is used.
If you are experiencing issues with your oven after using self-clean or other issues, contact our team of oven repair experts for fast and reliable service.